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The Program (Love Will Guide Us)

Inside each raindrop swims the sun.

Inside each flower breathes the moon.

Inside me dwell ten million stars,

One for each of my ancestors:

The elk, the raven, the mouse, the man,

The flower, the coyote, the lion, the fish.

Ten million different stars am I,

But only one spirit, connecting all. — Nancy Wood, "Ten Million Stars," used with permission

As Unitarian Universalists, we are intentional in turning to a diversity of sources as we seek to discover truth and make meaning in our lives. Drawing on the wisdom of the ages as expressed in many different traditions and cultures, along with our own direct experiences, we engage theological questions about the origins of life, the meaning of death, and what it means to be human.

In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask: questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.

All sessions highlight love as a central aspect of Unitarian Universalism. Using the night sky and the North Star as metaphors, participants are "guided to love." As they explore the night sky, participants learn to recognize and name the Unitarian Universalist Sources, as expressed in children's language:

  • The sense of wonder we all share.
  • The women and men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
  • The ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world's religions.
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
  • The use of reason and the discoveries of science.
  • The harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life.
  • Our seventh Source: Examples of faithful belief and action from our Unitarian and Universalist heritage.

All sessions include guided discussion, reflection, hands-on activities, and self-expression to engage participants with various learning styles. Sessions that rely heavily on verbal learning also offer alternate activities geared toward more active learners. Many activities suggest adaptations to address different abilities and learning styles. Craft each session using activities you think will best suit the children in the group.

Ritual and repetition are important aspects of this program: sharing opening words, a chalice-lighting, centering in silence before hearing a story, and singing. You may also choose to add a ritual of sharing joys and concerns (Alternate Activity 1 in each session). Young children love ritual, and these spiritual activities form an important element of the program.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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